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Comparing Vacation Rentals, Hotels & Bed and Breakfasts



Rentalo.com is the only travel website that allows travelers to easily compare offers from all types of lodgings properties including vacation rentals, hotels and bed and breakfasts. Click here to inquire & compare offers on your farorite vacation destination. The table below summarizes some basic differences between these three types of short term accommodations.

Vacation Rentals
Hotels
Bed and Breakfasts
Definition Vacation rental is a term in the travel industry meaning renting out a furnished apartment or house on a temporary basis to tourists as an alternative to a hotel. A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis. Basic accommodation consist of a room with one or 2 beds, and an en-suite bathroom.

Bed and breakfast, also known as B&B, is an establishment that offers bed or room accommodations, and breakfast in return for payment, but usually does not offer other meals. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom.

Advantages or Pros Here are some advantages when staying at a vacation rental (as compared to a hotel or B&B room):

- Typically, vacation rentals offer more space (multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, separate living areas).

- More amenities (fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, private hot tubs)

- Greater privacy.

- In general, when comparing the cost of 2 hotel rooms with the cost of a vacation rentals, vacation rentals tend to be much cheaper.

Here are some advantages when staying in a hotel room, as compared to a vacation rental or bed and breakfast:

- In general, hotels often enjoy the advantages of brand recognition, familiar reservation processes, and on-site staff for problem resolution.

- Hotels tend to offer more mainstream amenities that vacationers may want in their accommodations. Some of the most common amenities offered by hotels are room service, maid service, internet access, gym, laundry rooms, jacuzzi, sana, and tour groups.
Here are some advantages when staying in a Bed and Breakfast, as compared to a vacation rental or hotel room:

- Bed and breakfast places may not have as many common amenities but they do often have special amenities which one may not normally find in a hotel chain, such as a wine tasting session or complete breakfast included with their stay.

Bed and breakfast establishments are more common amoung couples because a bed and breakfast is often more quaint and romantic.
Disadvantages or Cons Here are a few disadvantages you may want to consider before staying at a vacation rental:
- Vacation rentals usually provide no maid service during your stay.
- Lack of on-site staff* and/or limited communication directly with the property owner or manager.
- Being unfamiliar with the property's condition or cleanness.
- Laundry facilities and private phones are not always available.
- There us usually a minimum stay of 3 nights.

Here are a few disadvantages you may want to consider before staying at a hotel:

- Typically you find less space in hotel rooms as compared to a vacation rental.
- You calso find less privacy as compared to vacation rentals and bed and breakfasts.
- Typically higher noise levels in common areas.
- Typically,

Here are a few disadvantages you may want to consider before staying at a bed and breakfast.
- You must share all rooms with other guests, except your own bedroom (lacks privacy).
- Usually provide no maid service during your stay.
- Being unfamiliar with the property's condition or cleanness.
- Laundry facilities are not always available.
- Typically, there us usually a minimum stay of 2 nights.

Ideal for: Families needing more than one hotel room Individuals or couples traveling for leisure or business Couples searching for unique lodging experience with a romantic setting or a special interest such as cooking or wine testing.
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* There are many vacation rental agencies that manage vacation properties for owners and they offer many of the same services hotels offer to their guests, e.g., front desk check-in, 24-hour maintenance, in-house housekeeping, concierge service.

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